Why Study Electronics and Electrical Engineering?

The University of Edinburgh is internationally respected for its research and development in the field of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. It was the only Electronics and Electrical Engineering department in Scotland to be awarded 5* in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

Many of our staff work with international companies from all over the world. With such strong links to world leaders in the latest technology, and with research staff who are active in developing advances, we are very well placed to teach students what is important for their future careers.

We regularly use leading edge technology examples in lectures, and students experience this first hand in their individual final year project carried out in cooperation with a member of academic staff. For students studying for an MEng, this 9-month placement is usually in industry.

All of our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Edinburgh has a long track record of Spin-out Companies and innovations, including key players such as Wolfson Microelectronics (who produce components for Apple iPods) or VLSI vision - now part of STMicroelectronics (makers of the world's first camera on a chip and designers of 40% of the camera chips in Nokia mobile phones). Microemissive Displays pioneered a near to the eye microdisplay for uses in video camera viewfinders and 3-D glasses.

Student Profile

Emily Wang 1st year MEng (Hons) Electronics & Electrical Engineering

The University’s close connection with industry was an important factor for me. I want to gain experience in various firms during my studies and I believe the University’s close links with industry will help me gain the experience I would like.

Careers In Electronics and Electrical Engineering

A degree in an electronics and electrical engineering subject gives a graduate a very wide choice of careers - for example, the requirement for engineers in the communications and power generation industries is far from being met at present, and these shortages are certain to continue for some time. While one of the first job destinations for our graduates is the design industry in the UK, many other employment opportunities exist in such areas as broadcasting, telecommunications, Government research establishments and academic institutions.

The extension of information technology into all forms of business, commerce and health care opens up further opportunities for those who, at any point in their career, decide to take up employment in these new areas. Some of our graduates have found employment in the financial sector and find the training they have been given at Edinburgh invaluable.

Some of the companies our recent graduates have gone on to work in include: BAE Systems, EDF Energy, Motorola, Rolls-Royce and SELEX Galileo among many others.

Circuit Board Design
Circuit Board Design
Student Research Project
Student Research Project